Thanks to the spotlight cast on Kentucky chicken catcher Kevin Skinner, America's Got Talent has clearly gotten more attention at least compared to its lackluster debut exactly a couple of weeks ago. Some critics are saying, however, that Kevin Skinner is still not the surprise heaven-sent act (as epitomized by Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle) that America's Got Talent is on the lookout for.
While Skinner, 35, has gotten raves from all over cyberspace, everything has been pretty low key and centered on the US for the former chicken catcher. Susan Boyle, meanwhile, shot to international fame virtually overnight as videos of her audition featuring Les Miserables anthem I Dreamed a Dreamed were viewed, on last count, tens of millions of times on YouTube. Skinner, who surprised judges and audiences alike with his mellow and heartfelt rendition of Garth Brooks ballad If Tomorrow Never Comes, has yet to achieve similar fame.
"Cross the pond, and it didn't take America's Got Talent long to figure it out," writes a critic from Corus Radio, adding that audiences should expect this "formula" to be used by AGT producers throughout the season. "35-year-old chicken farmer Kevin Skinner's performance on America's Got Talent fits the Boyle mold. The bar wasn't set very high. Expectations of Skinner's performance were likely quite low."
There is still time, however, as the NBC talent show is not even on its first month of airing. "The competition could get very interesting from here on out," MTV News writes, citing performances from Skinner and an eighth-grader named Thia Megia, who sang a Jennifer Holliday song with the same oomph you'd expect from a professional singer twice her age.